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01-28-2013, 06:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Marc the Habs Fan View Post
One thing that is clear to me: teams are giving him no time and space this year. As soon as he has the puck in the offensive zone, defenceman are getting right in his grill. And Desharnais doesn't have the speed or the size to win those battles.
To elaborate on this, last year defenders were not laying on him like we see this year. If you notice this year, defenseman are learning how to play Desharnais now and are just leaning on him as he is carrying the puck, forcing him off the puck and they get a quick turn over. As a small centerman he needs to be using his lower center of gravity to help shield the puck and stay lower then the defenseman. Martin St.Louis is a good example, he is very quick and stays low constantly as he is puck handling. Desharnais should try to copy that style of play.

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